There is one Vortal tip, that I’d like to share, to help people to get the best results. Many phones have two cameras, one facing out when you look at the screen, and one facing back towards you. In most cases, the better camera is the camera facing out on the back side of the phone. It’ll be the one with the best flash and focus, and the better camera produces better results with Vortal. To worsen things, some of the selfie-side cams use a digital brightening algorithm (the ones without a selfie flash). This destroys the depth of light in a photo that is needed for good transformation.
I considered disabling the ability to switch to the selfie cams in the app, but I know that some top of the line phones have great selfie cams, and I wouldn’t want those to go to waste. For the rest of us, it has to be the back camera for best results.
The Vortal Android App is my art. It is a tool for capturing the light and bringing out its beauty. It is not an engine for generating beauty. Its user is. The filters play with the light and color, enhancing, concealing, or transforming, but they lay in slumber unless put to good use.
The tool is simple, just select a filter, crank up the resolution, point, and click. The app does the work from there and produces the image. But like any tool, a more skilled user can take better advantage. The user can learn the filter’s quirks and use them to maximize the visual impact of the scene the camera sees. And so, the user is enabled to be a photographic artist.
This app can be like your paintbrush, your hammer and chisel, your make up. And it is cheaper than any of those.
Here are a couple of filters I plan to add in the next round along with midas blue and another that I’m working on. These are like the Vortal “so blue” filter except for red and green. What I like about these monochromatic seeming filters is that they aren’t actually monochromatic, but contain complementary colors that make the main color seem even more real.
There was that old meme in early cartoons, the tiny angel and tiny demon that would appear on a character’s shoulders to visualize a moral struggle. Here I demonstrate the use of the Vortal “fernal” and “scrambled” filters to take some pictures which could be used to resemble thumb votes from such miniature shoulder advocates.